Cannabis News Roundup: 03.20.15 | KALW

Cannabis News Roundup: 03.20.15

Mar 20, 2015

Cannabis goes to Congress… Nevada first state with 2016 ballot measure… “I speak for the salmon”…  Business news… Lawyer drops baggy in court room… and more.

LEGALIZATION

California and Nevada Senators back medical reclassification // Reason.com   Sen. Boxer “has never been a vocal proponent of reform,” but now co-sponsors the CARERS Act, along with Sen. Heller of next-door state Nevada, and others…

And Senator Feinstein says what is and what is not // blogs.rollcall.com    “There’s very strong marijuana, and there’s marijuana that isn’t. And then there’s marijuana that may be medically beneficial, and this is what we are trying to pursue,” Feinstein said.  [Did Donald Rumsfeld write this? – Ed.]

Legalize nationally for salmon’s sake, says Congressman // PressDemocrat.com   “You’ve got to create a place for those who want to grow and sell this stuff to do it in a transparent, lawful, regulated way.”  Illegal marijuana farms are one of three top threats to salmon.

Nevada is first state with 2016 ballot measure //  Alternet.org   “The ballot language permits adults to possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis for non-commercial purposes.”

LEGISLATION

Richmond cuts number of dispensaries // Richmondstandard.com    Only three outlets will now be permitted, down from six. But new permits for manufacture of edibles will be considered.

BUSINESS

San Diego gets first legal medical marijuana outlet //  UTSandiego.com   “It will be the first legal dispensary to operate in the city since California voters approved the use of medical marijuana in 1996.”

Chart: six months in, Colorado outpaces Washington in sales // mmjbusinessdaily.com   Revenue on steady increase in both states.

Washington State gets into the dispensary business //  mmjbusinessdaily.com   A state-owned store has a competitive edge: it doesn’t pay federal tax. But its remote location may counter that.

OPINION

Bill in Congress to reclassify cannabis not likely to pass // Spectator.org   “The committee is unlikely to take up a bill in the near future that remakes these laws so broadly,” says Senate Judiciary Committee chair’s office.

Solid majority of voters favor decreased punishment for possession //  Beltway.bsgco.com   And a smaller but still strong majority says states should regulate sales of cannabis.

IT’S A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, SO KEEP IT UNDER CONTROL…

Stanford profs offer advice on edibles // EastBayExpress.com   And I’ll add one:  you can always add more later – but once you consume it, you can’t take it out.

Pot baggy falls out of attorney’s pocket in courtroom // HuffingtonPost.com   He says it’s not his, and he doesn’t smoke. 

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